Modern. Contemporary. Two of the most misunderstood words in the furniture world. Modern furniture, to us, is ''thoughtful furniture'' as the main components are attention to how a piece is used, how to maximize its function, and how it looks within that framework. That is how a piece designed in 1929 can still be the epitome of modern furniture design. Contemporary is another term that is over used and very open to interpretation. Contemporary: following modern ideas or fashion in style or design. How's that for an open concept? So, what it boils down to is modern and contemporary can be from any time and for anyone as long as it is great design!